scension’s rectory — built 1840-1841, expanded in 1853 (by renowned architect James Renwick), even condemned as “unsanitary” in 1887, but soon rehabilitated — has been the home of the parish’s 12 rectors and their families, living right behind the church’s massive “Ascension of Our Lord” mural on view above the altar. Now, this historic building is also the focus of new energy and community engagement as it undergoes several changes and reconfigurations to house a new weekday nursery school, neighborhood meetings and social gatherings, classes, discussion groups, committee meetings…and still house the rector’s family!
But to accomplish all this, we very much need your help! Learn more about how we’re “building our future” as we celebrate 175 years on Fifth Avenue (and 190 years in the City of New York), what important steps we’ve taken to ensure our rectory’s useful service for a changing city, and how your financial contribution can enable the parish’s solid foundation for future generations of worshippers, neighbors, children…and even rectors.
We’re grateful for your generosity!
People choose to give to the Church of the Ascension for a variety of reasons, and the parishioners, vestry, wardens and clergy of this community give God thanks for every single gift from every single person. (And, of course, we hope we express our thanks appropriately to the givers, as well!)
Whether you’ve pledged support for the annual expenses of Ascension’s Christian mission and parish ministry, you want to help us in our capital campaign fundraising, or you wish to make a donation to the Church of the Ascension in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving to God for the blessings of this life, please know that we take no gifts, small or large, for granted. As it says in the Epistle to the Corinthians, “God loves a cheerful giver” — and we love the givers God sends our way.
There are a number of ways to give the Church of the Ascension financial support: by electronic payment, by check, by cash, by bequest … even by the transfer of real property, securities and other financial instruments. Below are some of the most common, but please don’t hesitate to contact the parish office (212-254-8620) to ask to speak with one of the clergy, our bookkeeper, the parish administrator, or one of our lay leaders familiar with the financial and legal issues of charitable giving. (Although our parish was founded 90 years before Federal legislation introduced individual income tax deductions for charitable donations, the Church of the Ascension is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization and, unless specifically stated otherwise for special programs or other considerations, all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.)
1. By personal check. Please make your check payable to “The Church of the Ascension.” If you are contributing as part of your annual stewardship pledge, please write “Stewardship” or “Annual Pledge” in the memo field so that the statements you receive from the church for your own bookkeeping or tax purposes are accurate. Similarly, if you are contributing toward the capital campaign or for another designated purpose, please write “Capital Campaign” or the name of the special cause in the memo field. Checks can be mailed to:
The Church of the Ascension,
Attn: Vince Amodei, Bookkeeper
12 W. 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
2. By electronic/recurring payments. Most banks that provide online banking services allow customers to set up recurring transactions. Log into your online banking service and look for the option to “add a payee” or set up a recurring payment or transaction. (The payee would be: The Church of the Ascension, 12 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10011-8695.) If you’ve never used your bank’s online services, contact their support or help desk for assistance.
3. By cash. Some parishioners prefer to pay their stewardship pledge by putting their check or cash in the Sunday collection plate. If you wish to pay in cash, but would still like to have statements from the parish office that show your contributions toward your stewardship pledge for each quarter and the year, please put your cash donations in the annual pledge envelopes you can request when you fill out your pledge form. If you do not request pledge envelopes, please put cash offerings in an envelope with your full name written clearly on the outside before placing it in the offering plate for your contributions to be recorded on your statements.
4. By VISA or MasterCard. If you pledge your support of Ascension’s ongoing mission and programs, the parish bookkeeper can contact you for the information needed to charge your debit or credit card, according to the schedule you designate and for the amount you authorize. Please do not submit credit card information via email or email attachments or in any of the comment fields on this Web site as these methods are not considered secure and may result in identity or financial theft.
5. Through Network for Good. Network for Good is an nonprofit organization that lets you quickly and easily give money to other nonprofits — such as The Church of the Ascension — that are registered with them.
You can use this link to reach Ascension’s Network for Good donation form: http://ascensionnyc.org/networkforgood
The Network for Good form lets you make recurring donations using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, VISA and PayPal — any of which is a good way to set up regular, automatic pledge payments. In filling out the donation form, be sure you include the specific purpose your donation will be going toward (such as “Stewardship Pledge” or “Capital Campaign”) in the Designation (Optional) field.
If you have used Network for Good before, you will be asked to login to your account before proceeding to the checkout screens. If you haven’t used the site before, you’ll be asked for your email address and to create a password for future use, which will also allow you to see a record of your contributions.
Network for Good takes 5% from your total donation (they need to pay their bills, too). On the payment setup page you can opt to increase your payment by 5% (or more if you wish to help Network for Good as well) to offset this deduction.
6. Through a bequest or other legacy gift. Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways to create a gift to the parish using accumulated resources. Although planned giving usually involves financial or estate planning, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is for anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources and provides the opportunity to make a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. You can find more information about planned giving and the variety of people and means by which these gifts have come to Ascension in our information about planned giving.
7. Through many other ways and means. We’d be happy to help you help us! Just give us a call (212-254-8620) and we’ll try to find the best way we can to help you support the worship, work and witness that’s been going on at Ascension since 1827.